Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are invited to the Parent Educator Program at Invent it. Build it, the Society of Women Engineers’ outreach event, Saturday, April 20, in Minneapolis.
Parents and educators will:
- Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources
- Network with SWE members as well as other parents and educators
- Participate in a panel discussion with select SWE members and outreach experts
- Complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for engineering projects with girls
- Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO
- Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)
- Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt
- Join the girls at the end of the day for show and tell, raffles and pictures
The program will run from 9am – 4pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. The cost to attend is $5. Financial assistance is available upon request. The deadline to register is October 19, so register now.
Mary T. Zeis has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked for Procter & Gamble for 31 years in Research & Development on brands such as Tide, Dawn, Crest, and Pampers, before retiring. Mary is now a volunteer leader for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), with a focus on STEM Outreach activities. She has served on SWE’s K-12 Outreach Committee for five years and is currently the SWENext Work Group Co-Lead. She is also the VP for STEM Outreach for the Pittsburgh professional SWE Section.
Theresa Baumrucker holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, an M.S. in Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She works for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in Strategy and Planning. She has been actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers for 17 years. Theresa is a life member of Girl Scouts and earned her Gold award. Her favorite activity is watching her young sons (ages 1 and 4) discover the world.
Hannah Gilbert is Program Manager – STEM and Evaluation for Girl Scouts River Valleys. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from New College of Florida. Hannah’s core focus is on engaging youth (particularly girls) in STEM experiences outdoors and outside the classroom. The STEM Program that Hannah leads includes hands-on, research-driven engagement for girls in engineering and design, programming and cybersecurity, robotics, citizen science, and career and technical fields like carpentry, welding and construction. Central to her work is a focus on developing persistence, collaboration, empathy, and other “21st Century Skills”.
Stefanie Marshall, Ph.D.,
is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Marshall’s research has two general strands: 1) the bureaucracy of science and STEM education by examining the role of school leaders, and 2) key stakeholders within science networks. Dr. Marshall is a former middle and high school teacher and worked in federally mandated programming in the lowest performing schools in Michigan. She earned her B.S in Biology from Oakland University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State University.
Ashley McCray is a Chemical Engineer, Motivational Speaker, and Nonprofit Leader. As a Research and Development Engineer at General Mills, she is pivotal in launching, innovating, and renovating products/packaging for the multi-million dollar Old El Paso brand. She is also President of the Twin Cities Professional Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. Ms. McCray also sits on the Regional Board of Directors for NSBE. Ms. McCray received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Allison Pedersen is a Chief Software Engineer at United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Minnesota. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota in 1998. Since college, Allison has been active in the Society of Women Engineers, where she has held numerous leadership positions, including Minnesota Section President and Society Outreach Committee Chair. Allison considers her biggest outreach accomplishments to be the SWE-MN Troop Leaders Track and partnership with Girls, Inc. She helped create the Leaders Track in 2009 and continues to lead it each year as part of the annual SWE-MN Girl Scout Patch Day.
Patrick Stumpf is the College of Science & Engineering Freshman Admissions Counselor for the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. After graduating from the College of Science & Engineering in 2016 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Patrick joined the College of Science & Engineering Collegiate Life team and the Office of Admissions to help support prospective students in their transition from high school to the University of Minnesota. Patrick is also a current graduate student in the college, pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.